We seek to rally and engage communities, social groups, faith-based institutions, and individuals to work for the wellbeing of vulnerable and underprivileged persons in their communities.
Lead civil society and communities in Cameroon to a conscious culture of actively and systematically caring for the vulnerable and underprivileged across the entire country.
Generate a collaborative and sustainable system of care for vulnerable and underprivileged persons in Cameroon among Civil Society Organizations thereby improving on their wellbeing in sustainable ways.
Who We Are ...
Abid Henrietta Njouny Epse Achah
Career highlights: Bsc in Economics and MBA in Marketing
After her Bachelor’s degree she served as a marketing agent for Guinness Cameroon SA for one year.She was later recruited as a teacher of the presbyterian education authority (PEA). In her teaching career she had the opportunity to be recruited as an examiner of Economics with the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) board where she has served for more than ten years. She is a writer of the GCE Advanced level text” Simplified Digital Marketing” With an MBA in marketing she caught interest in planning and executing project a leeway to her present job as monitoring and evaluation officer of the PCC Peace office. Because of her passion for humanitarian works she founded the organization Hope for the Earth Foundation whose main objective is to empower youth and women with skills in food security and basic income generating skills while conserving natural resources for future generations. With her love for humanitarian services and peace work she joined the FOMCAM team as board member in 2021 since the organization does a lot on mental health works which is an integral part of peace building.
Fomcam in Action
Making the world a Better Place
FOMCAM is a community based mental health, non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-political, humanitarian organization with its head office in Bamenda, North West Region of the Republic of Cameroon. The organization was created in Bamenda, North West Region (NWR), Republic of Cameroon, and legally registered in 2008 as a charitable organization with Ref. Reg. No. 1 2 / e. 2 9 / 1 1 1 1 / v o l . 8 /APPB/14/05/2008 in response to concerns raised by the risky behaviours of orphan vulnerable children, widows, and the internally displaced persons abandoned by their relatives; with little or no support. Due to frustration some leave the villages to settle in the urban cities of Bamenda, Douala, Yaounde, Limbe, Kribi, and Buea, with the hope of being gainfully employed, earn a better life, business, education and personal development. This situation is further compounded by the high rate of poverty in the region – the result of which these orphan vulnerable children, widows, and the internally displaced allowed to faith in an unsafe space.The unsafe space allows for preys to plow with impunity on the orphans, widows, homeless thus increasing their vulnerability and mental health. In striving to survive without success, they become delinquent, school runner-ways (drop outs), drug addicts or harden criminals and choosing the easy way as cheap commercial sex workers as a means to survival. A few with meager jobs as housekeepers, nannies or sales girls/boys often get exploited/marginalized as they do not know their rights or are frustrated. Against this back drop FOMCAM embarked on innovative approaches geared towards developing the vulnerable and needy youths/women through entrepreneurship, mental health wellness, and actors of change in their communities. and as well seek to formulate projects or programmes that eradicate poverty thus improve the conditions of orphan and vulnerable children.
The idea to create FOMCAM came as a result of FOMCAM’s Directors (Nche Sam Takoh) involvement in community evangelistic outreach to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost in the hinterlands of Bamenda, North West and South West Regions in Cameroon, and his work in secondary schools in Kumba and Baptist High School, Yaounde as chaplain. The founder’s involvement in
hospital ministry (Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Mbingo and Mboppi Baptist hospital Douala) as a chaplain and pastoral care giver to sick and the vulnerable, witnessing the first hand acute challenges and difficulties faced by his clients whom were mostly orphans and widows and unable to pay for their medicals bills or perform well in school raised in him a concern to invest in the lives by creating opportunities and innovative programs to help them gain financial independence, and quality life.
In the light of the many concerns raised by the risky behaviours of orphans, widows, teenage mothers, and vulnerable children abandoned by their relatives; with little or no support and the frustration FOMCAM’s director noticed amongst the vulnerable children who leave the villages to settle in the urban cities of Bamenda, Douala, Yaounde, Limbe, Kribi, and Buea, with the hope of being gainfully employed, earn a better life, business, education and personal development. This situation was further compounded by the high rate of poverty in the region which never really yielded any fruits.
Also noticing that the struggle for survival in the cities leaves the orphans, widows, and teenage mothers hopeless, homeless and most of them becoming delinquent, commercial sex workers, school runner-ways (drop outs), drug addicts or harden criminals who are often marginalized and dispossessed of their possessions/inheritance by relatives upon the death of their benefactor
(husband/father). A few that have employment as housekeepers, nannies or sales girls/boys are often exploited and marginalized because they do not know their rights or are frustrated only left the director